Con Spirito: Inside the SSO 

MARCH  2014

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Berthold Carrière

Barbara Steed Young 

Music Directors


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Mark your calendar:   


The Mikado in Concert   


Saturday, May 10, 

Knox Church

7:30 p.m. 


Conducted by


Steed Young

(Pssssstt! For a sneak peek,
click here.)


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A glimpse of  
Season 10

Stratford violinist Andrew Chung will be featured soloist in next season's opener: First Night at the Proms. He will play the lyrical, inspiring The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughn Williams.


Franz Joseph Haydn 

The SSO presents . . . 
Classical Masters
Saturday, April 12 
7:30 p.m.  

Paul Pulford, guest conductor

Edward Cho, cello soloist



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Two of the best-loved composers of the Classical period will headline the Stratford Symphony's fifth concert of the season April 12, sharing the program with the SSO's composer in residence, Chris Meyer. Guest conductor will be Paul Pulford. (see conductor's notes about this concert's selections)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will pop in with his Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), a one-act opera that parodies an impresario who steps between two sopranos quarreling about which of them is better. 


Then comes Franz Joseph Haydn with his Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, featuring soloist Edward Cho, winner of the SSO's Emerging Artist Concerto Competition in 2013. (more about Edward Cho)

Chris Meyer


Following intermission, the orchestra will perform the world premiere of Dusk to Dawn, Mr. Meyer's three-movement musical journey through the night. (see the composer's notes about his composition) The program will conclude with Haydn's Symphony No. 99 in E-flat major.


Mr. Pulford is the second of six guest conductors who are candidates to become the SSO's principal conductor. (more about Paul Pulford) Four more candidates will conduct the orchestra next season during the search, conducted by a committee of the SSO board. A permanent principal conductor will be recommended by a search committee and named by the board of directors in March 2015. (more about the search, including the names of all six principal conductor candidates)


The concert will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ontario and Waterloo streets in Stratford, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Tickets ($35 for adults, $20 for students) are available at Fanfare Books, Blowes Stationery and Downie Street Bakehouse in Stratford and Lyric Flowers in St. Marys, as well as online and at the door. For additional information contact Sharon McDonald, SSO office (519-271-0990).


See you there!  


 What will you wear to the SSO Phantom Ball?

The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. You'll for sure have to use your imagination to find the venue. While you're considering what to wear when you don't attend the ball on April 1, take a minute to buy your tickets (only $25) and join the many generous supporters of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra that you won't see at the ball. 

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